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David Michael Harper, American architect. Registered architect, Florida; National Council of Architectural Registration Boards 1990. Recipient Achiever's award Florida Trend magazine, 1984, Up & Comers award Price Waterhouse-South Florida Magazine; named one of 41 to Watch, Miami Magazine.


Harper, David Michael was born on February 9, 1953 in Atlanta. Son of Cleveland B. and Mary Ruth Harper.


Bachelor of Architecture, University Miami, 1974. Graduate in architecture, Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1974.


Supervisor architectural design Burger King Corporation, Miami, 1975-1977. Assistant to president, director business development Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, 1977-1979. Chairman board, Chief Executive Officer Harper Carreno Inc., 1979-1993.

Chairman board, president, Chief Executive Officer Harper Partners, Inc., since 1993. Chairman Dade County Building Code Board to Revise and Oversee Enforcement South Florida Building Code in aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Visiting committee University Miami School Architect.


  • Registered architect, Florida. National Council of Architectural Registration Boards 1990.


  • Other Work

    • Principal works include United States Coast Guard Base, Miami Beach, Florida (American Institute of Architects Design award), United States Department Labor Facility, Miami (American Institute of Architects Design award), Pretrial Detention Facility, Miami (National American Institute of Architects award), prototype correctional center (National American Institute of Architects award), State American Institute of Architects Headquarters, Tallahassee (American Institute of Architects Design award), Turner Guilford Knight Center (Architectural Design Excellence award).


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Founder, president Gardner-Harper Commission, representative to Coral Gables City Communications, 1974. Member Republican National Committee. Chairman state university system advisory committee Office of Capital Programs.

Member State of Florida Advisory Committee Emergency Shelters Educational Facilities. Trustee History Association Southern Florida. Fellow American Institute of Architects (board directors South Florida chapter 1980-1984, national practice management committee since 1988, Design award North Florida central chapter).

Member Coral Gables C. of Chamber (board directors, vice chairman), Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (chairman Florida state redevelopment committee), History Museum South Florida.


Married Kathryn Nobles, August 2, 1986. Children: David Michael, Laura Kathryn.

Cleveland B.

Mary Ruth Harper

Kathryn Nobles

David Michael Harper

Laura Kathryn Harper